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Karzai blames escalating war on security deal with US

Karzai blames escalating war on security deal with US

Oct 17, 2015 - 22:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed escalating incidents of terrorism in the country on the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“The presence of foreign forces in the name of fighting against terrorism not only failed to eliminate terrorism but during this period the scourge gained further strength,” he claimed.

In a statement from his office, the ex-president also slammed the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States -- a deal he refused to ink during his stay in office.

“Unfortunately, the signing of BSA with the United States also did not result in reducing instability; instead it further widened the scope of war, which is at odds with the expectations of the Afghan people.”

Commenting on President Barack Obama’s decision to extend the US military mission in Afghanistan, Karzai alleged the presence of foreign forces had only led to worsening the situation.

The Afghans agreed with a sustained presence of foreign forces 14 years ago in the hope it would help eliminate terrorism and bring peace to their country, he observed.

His statement is in sharp contrast to the Afghan government’s position. Kabul has welcomed Obama’s on keeping troops in Afghanistan.

Karzai also took issue with Obama’s use of the ‘uncommon phrase’ of fighting seasons. According to him, it means the war will continue for a long period of time and that the Afghans should expect this.

The Talibaninfo-icon were waging the war and perpetrating violence in villages and cities to pave the way for the continued presence of foreign troops in the country, he believed.

He hastened to explain the Afghans would accept the presence of international troops only if it strengthened peace and stability and did not harm their sovereignty and national unity.


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